Valspar vs. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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Valspar Paint vs. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

(Please note, the below post was written after my first project using the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. I have since done numerous projects with this product. Please take a look at other posts to learn more about painting furniture.)

First, I want to let you all know that I was not given free product, payment or any other compensation for this “trial”. I am wanting to take on my entire 70 year old,  dining room set; one table with 4 leaves, hutch and 6 chairs. Yikes! I thought doing a little paint trial might be wise.

It has been a couple of years since I have refinished any furniture and I know some new products are out. I found the Annie Sloan a couple of years ago but would have had to order it. I was nervous to spend that much on something I was unfamiliar with. The other paint I wanted to try was the new Valspar  paint. I was told by the salesman at Lowe’s  that there was no need to prime the wood before painting and it was super easy to work with.

I picked two small projects to “trial.” Two very different pieces. One is very simple and and the other I painted bright red and added hand made cushions using a gorgeous Waverly fabric. Please don’t let the colors sway your opinion.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I have seen so many pieces of furniture done with this paint. Brilliant colors with this unique matte finish. I could not wait to get my hands on a can! We moved to Roanoke, VA from Chicago, Il last summer and fortunately here in Roanoke,  we have a fantastic store called “Black Dog Salvage” that carries the Annie Sloan paint.

For the “Annie Sloan Project” I up-cycled this very loved bench.

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As you can see, it wasn’t in the best shape and to most consumers, I am sure it looked like worthless junk. However, I saw great potential. Loved the unusual little set up with the side desk. I was told that this paint works magic and you can use it on anything. I chose the “Emperors Silk” red paint. Here we go…

Pros:

-Yes, you can use it on any surface! I know you do not have to sand the furniture, but I did a soft sanding after I filled in some areas with wood putty. I wiped the furniture down with warm water and a towel before painting.

-The color is brilliant and gorgeous.

-A little goes a long way. I have almost an entire can left over. Enough to do a table and 4 chairs in my basement.

-It was amazingly easy to use. The paint seemed to just soak right in to the furniture. Not goopy or runny. I dipped the brush almost halfway in the paint and used light strokes

-I do indeed have that unique, matte finish
-I completely love my end result.

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Cons:

-Expensive. The quart of paint was $40 something. I had to buy a wax brush that was $30 something and I had to buy the wax $25 and some change. $95 and then some! Yes I have some left over, but how many things do I want to paint “Emperors Silk” red?

-I am limited on color choices. Very small selection of color. I could not have used this paint for my “Valspar” project. For the next project, I wanted to match what was already in the room. Not an option here.

Valspar Paint

The next project was a little pine toy storage unit from IKEA. I was moving t this into my daughters room. I refinished her furniture a couple of  years ago and wanted the toy unit to match. I chose Valspar’s “Lazy Day’s” with a satin finish. It was a perfect match. The salesman at Lowe’s told me that this little sample jar would cover 25 feet of painting surface. I highly doubted that…

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Pros:

-It certainly did cover 25 feet of painting surface. I painted this entire unit, inside and out. down to the last drop.

-I only paid $2.00 and some change for this project by purchasing the sample jar. No, that’s not a typo…$2 bucks!!

-It covered well. I again, did light strokes on the first coat. The second coat was more of a “touch up” coat.

-I could choose any color I wanted! Unlimited options.

-I did not need to do any prep work.  Opened the can and painted. No finishing work either. No wax required.

-Again, totally pleased with the result. Perfect match, smooth finish and easy.

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Cons:

-It doesn’t give that “matte” finish you get from the Annie Sloan paint

-I don’t think I could distress a piece the way I could with the Annie Sloan paint. I believe  it would look more chipped then distressed.

Seriously though, for $2.00 and an easy paint project? Big deal!

Now that they are both done, I can’t say I prefer one over the other. I genuinely think they both serve different purposes. I will definitely use the Annie Sloan for some of those custom projects, like my funky bench or a unique coffee table  but, you just can’t go wrong with Valspar.  The ease of use, color options and great prices really make your project options endless.

What do  you think? I would love some feedback from this one!

American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

156 Comments

  1. Marcy B.

    August 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Awesome Job! I just took my first baby steps in the world of up-cycling yesterday. I refinished this old bedside table that I used to hate looking at. I went with Valspar’s Tropical Oasis because that’s What adobe Kuler says matches my wall paint. I added a little plaster of paris to it to give it that chalk-paint feel, per a chalk-paint on a budget a nice lady demo’d on youtube. I wasn’t happy with it until after I distressed it a bit and I applied some sc johnson’s paste wax. I must say I do like it now, it’s very pretty. In any case, I just wanted to share with you as it seems when you are chalk-painting on a budget, the plaster of paris and wax are the keys to that matte finish.

    Happy up-cycling!

    • Lindee Katdare

      August 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Marcy-thanks for the tip. I love hearing how other people create things and improvise. I will have to try that….Love Annie Sloan paint, but pricey! -And it would be nice to have some more colors.

      • Alena Gale

        May 18, 2015 at 9:31 am

        You should search recipes on Pinterest. You should and could use water w ASCP. You also can mix so many different ways to get hundreds of color options. I love the coral shade people have been making!

      • Deborah

        November 22, 2015 at 8:40 am

        Chalk paint…you can make it home made …plaster of Paris …MATTE latex paint …water .experiment .

  2. Beth

    September 29, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I ventured into the world of Annie Sloan also, by taking on the “small” project of our kitchen. I did a lot of trial and error swatches on an old cabinet door and found you can make a lot of different colors out of her paints by using dark wax vs. clear and/or by mixing water with the paint or two different colors of AS paint. That helps with the cost of the paint a bit, knowing you can “change” the color to be able to use it on future projects.

    • Lindee Katdare

      September 29, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Beth,

      Thanks for the comment. Brave girl! Taking on your kitchen? Wow!
      I have done quite a few projects since this one…and do keep going back to Annie Sloan. It is like magic in a can. I tend to like a certain style and don’t want my projects to get boring. I am ready- and committed- to trying the dark wax. Yikes! I will keep you posted on how it turns out.

  3. Tricia Sprague

    October 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I have used the Valspar as suggested, adding some plaster of paris and a bit of hot water with great results. Minwax over it and I swear it looks as nice as the ready made chalk paints. And for 2.00 and some change, it goes a long ways!

    • Lindee Katdare

      October 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Tricia, I have another friend that suggested that too. I will have to try it….I am a big fan of saving money! I am working on a project now and would love some hot pink chalk paint.

      • Stephanie Spicer

        January 12, 2014 at 10:11 pm

        Just a quick FYI as the Valspar Rep is a friend of mine. Their flat paint can be used as chalkboard paint. While there are no samples sized jars, you can get a quart cheap enough, in any color you want. And it can always be tinted to a different color later if need be. Like say a shade or two darker for another project. I have yet to tint anything other then a few shades.

        • Lindee Katdare

          January 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm

          Thanks Stephanie. The Valspar is great for small projects. I have had it tinted to match things…actually just did that on Friday! It’s great stuff!

          Now, just to clarify the “Annie Sloan Chalk Paint” is NOT the same as chalkboard paint. The Annie Sloan paint is called chalk paint because of the matte finish and not to be confused with paint you are using to make a chalkboard. The Annie Sloan brand is only available in select areas, so you may be unfamiliar with this brand.

          Thanks for the post. I really appreciate the feedback. I am really behind in getting some new blogs posted. I will get up to date this week!

          • Michelle

            August 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm

            I just wanted to let everyone know that you can make a “Chalkboard” with Annie Sloan paint. It works beautifully. Just apply 4 coats to whatever your painting, and let it dry in between coats. It’s fun to use different colors as the background, instead of just a gray/black. Good luck and have fun painting.

            Thanks for all your great tips. Love how the furniture turned out!!

            Michelle

            Here’s a link that is really helpful.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8EK0AGnjCE&feature=youtu.be

          • Lindee Katdare

            August 6, 2014 at 12:24 am

            Thanks for the comment and video link Michelle!

        • Laurie Stevenson

          November 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

          I too purchased the Valspar thinking that the samples were an excellent , economical way to try or test a color! HOWEVER; after reading that they use a chemical in their paint that has been shown to be dangerous , also banned ion the state of California I promptly returned my Valspar! I don’t need to worry about the paint on my furniture like I worry about the food I feed my family! ANYONE???

          • Lindee Katdare

            November 12, 2014 at 9:48 am

            Laurie,

            That is one reason I love the Annie Sloan paint. I try to stay “in the know” on things like that. I will do some research. May need to add that to the “cons” category. Thanks for the comment…sorry for the delayed response.

          • Kristin

            January 25, 2015 at 1:55 pm

            While I’m pretty careful what I bring into my house and what I use around family (kids and pets) I have to say that almost everything is banned in California, or doesn’t make a certain standard. Like all things, use caution, open windows/paint outdoors and don’t let kids lick your furniture. 😉

          • Dan

            January 25, 2015 at 6:49 pm

            If you read on any paint can or chemical bottle regardless of brand it will have the same warning. Nothing new.

          • Leila

            March 22, 2015 at 10:30 pm

            Laurie, if you look up the MSDS sheet for Annie sloan paint it has Ethylene glycol, methanol, and Nonylphenol ethoxylates all of which are very toxic to humans and/or animals. I think there are a few brands out there that are non-toxic but your average paint is something you should be careful with.

      • Jeffrey

        March 9, 2015 at 4:55 pm

        I am confused, and wasn’t sure where to reply to your messages…but Valspar makes a chalk paint as well…CHALKY FINISH paint its called….is tht what you used, or you added plaster of paris to reg Valspar paint? I seem to have thought you used the Valspar Chalky Finish paint, but now I am wondering…I am confused now which, ad what I thought was feedback on one kind, may be in fact for the other??

        • Lindee Katdare

          March 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm

          Jeffery,

          What are you confused about? I was not comparing Annie Sloan the to Valspar’s Chalky Finish paint. This blog was written in July of 2013. Valspar did not make a chalky finish paint at that time.

          • Mackenzie

            June 16, 2015 at 6:19 pm

            Put me in the same cell as Jeffery. I didn’t know exactly what type of Valspar you were using either. I never buy Valspar paint so how am I to know WHEN the “chalky paint” hit the market. If your reply to Jeff had been more polite instead of questioning his question, or state of mind, I might have thought you were professional. He just had a question, same one as me.

          • Lindee Katdare

            July 23, 2016 at 11:46 am

            Mackenzie, I just read this. So sorry! That is why email/text is so hard. It can be read wrong. I literally meant “what was he confused about?” I was not trying to be snarky or rude. I wanted to specifically address his question. I have since tried the ” Valspar Chalky Finish” brand. Here is a clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYdcGDlBcPo
            Sorry for the miscommunication.

          • Lisa

            August 4, 2015 at 11:18 am

            Hi Lindee,
            Have you ever used the new Valspar chalk paint that Jeffrey referred to in a previous post? I like the idea of having a better color selection than Annie Sloan offers but with the same no prep and no chipping qualities of chalk paint. Thanks. Lisa

          • Lindee Katdare

            July 23, 2016 at 11:38 am

            Lisa,

            Yes, Here is a video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYdcGDlBcPo.

    • Rose

      December 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Reading your post about the valspar paint, small jars, can you tell me how much plaster of paris to use in that size jar. My email is randbtexas@embarqmail.com
      Thanks
      Rose

      • Lindee Katdare

        January 2, 2014 at 9:29 am

        I sent you an email about this.
        Thanks!
        Lindee

        • Pat

          January 9, 2014 at 6:18 pm

          Reading your post about the valspar paint, small jars, can you tell me how much plaster of paris to use in that size jar. My email is jkaustin@msn.com. I’m new at painting and need all the help I can get..
          Thanks,

          • Patrice Thompson

            March 6, 2014 at 4:48 am

            How much plaster of paris do you use?

          • Lindee Katdare

            March 6, 2014 at 6:35 am

            Patrice and Geri,

            I did not use the plaster of paris for this comparison. But if you choose to, you can Mix 5 tablespoons of plaster of Paris and 5 tablespoons of water with 1/2-cup of paint. I compared these two because they both claim that you can paint over anything with little prep work and no primer. I have done numerous projects since this post and will definitely stick with the Annie Sloan for big pieces and for pieces I feel are more valuable. The other benefit of Annie Sloan is you can go back and touch it up after it has been waxed. This is the only brand you can do that with. Hope this helps.

    • Patricia N

      March 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      I bought a very pretty dresser at a yard sale several weeks ago and was planning on using the Annie Sloan chalk paint but it is quite expensive. Can you give us the mix ratio of Valspar, plaster of paris and water, please? Thanks in advance, Trish

      • Lindee Katdare

        March 23, 2014 at 9:03 pm

        Trish,
        Thanks for your patience. I have listed the plaster of paris to paint ratio in the above response. The Annie Sloan is expensive, but a little goes a looooong way. Also, it is the only paint you can touch up after the wax has been applied. I will use the Valspar on small projects, but if this is for a large piece, I would go with the Annie Sloan. You will not be sorry. I have done so many projects since this post. I am a big fan. It is easy to work with and my projects turn out so nice. Let me know what you think.

    • Erin

      May 13, 2015 at 11:48 am

      How much plaster of Paris and hot water do you add to the paint? And what size paint can? I’m wanting to redo my kitchen table on a budget. Thanks!

    • Inger

      May 28, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Tricia,
      I am going to paint my kitchen cabinets and wanted to use the Valspar chalk + plaster of paris method. Do you have recommendations for amounts of each so that I can get the right look?
      Thanks!

    • Angelica

      August 3, 2015 at 7:00 am

      I am about to take on my first chalk paint project. What are the mix ratios for the plaster of Paris and hot water?

  4. Chris

    October 5, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Check out the Valspar Super Flat. It’s pretty close to chalk paint. I’m using it right now in Antique White on a table base (the top is 2″ red oak with Rustoleum Kona stain+poly+wax), and unless you use chalk paint every day, you couldn’t tell a difference. You’ll probably have to buy the quart, as the local Lowes doesn’t do the testers in the Super Flat, only Satin.

    This blog has a test of it as well: http://www.youaretalkingtoomuch.com/2012/09/new-affordable-chalk-paint-alternative/

    • Lindee Katdare

      October 7, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Chris. I am starting a hot pink paint project this week. I have been pondering what to use…I appreciate the feedback!

    • Tiffany

      May 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Loved this post! I just did a small accent piece with Valpar and minwax over that. The paint is still coming over very easoly. Do you have an inexpensive product you can recommend to seal the paint?

  5. Kim

    November 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I am starting a couple of projects that I could love to use a chalk paint on, I would like to try the Valspar but I just wanted to double check that if it currently has paint on it you still do not need to sand off all of the paint and the chalk paint will hold? And the miniwax works as a “clear coat”?
    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Lindee Katdare

      November 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      You don’t need to sand off the old paint for it to stick, but you do need to make sure it’s a smooth surface. So, if there are any chips or rough patches, take a piece of sandpaper and smooth them out. The Annie Sloan Clear wax is more like a sealant. It makes the color more brilliant and hardens to protect the paint. What will you be painting? Let me know if you have any more questions.

    • Diane

      April 13, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Having refinished furniture for many years, I decided to try Annie Sloan. While it is a wonderful product, I must say I am willing to try the homemade chalk paint. The cost, in my opinion, is just crazy. I purchased clear and dark wax and find it just takes too many months to “cure”. And, I keep reading that is must be re-applied over time. So! I tried Polycrylic for that hard, durable finish I was seeking. It worked fantastic!! The tip on this is to apply thin, thin, thin coats. You can add a few drops of water to thin it if needed. Light sanding between coats for that smooth finish. A quart cost me $17.00. The Annie Sloan wax was close to $30.00. I will use up the wax on things like picture frames. Also, you can use a water base dark stain instead of the dark wax. I tried it and that also works beautifully. Saving $$$ I hope this helps someone.

  6. Suzanne

    November 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks to all for the ideas. And thanks Lindee for comparing the two paints. I have a question, what kind of valspar paint is it , latex? and just for all your information. Did you know that you can get Annie Sloan paint in ounces on ebay…so you don’t have to pay so much. I think I will do that just to try Annie Sloan, just to say I did. Thanks again…can’t wait to start painting.

  7. Kristy

    November 20, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I am new to these types of projects so I would love some advice… I have some wainscoting panels that I want to paint with a matte base and then stencil on a metallic or shiney lighter color. I came across chalk paint and thought that may make a good base. Any suggestions on how to get the desired look? Thanks 🙂

    • Lindee Katdare

      November 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Kristy,

      Yes, the chalk paint is ideal for the “matte base” you are referring to. I actually have a blog post that I am getting ready to post about stenciling walls and using a metallic paint. It was my sister’s project. Actually, Martha Stewart has a brand for walls you can use. I have used acrylic art/craft paint before. It just doesn’t seem to have the same coverage as the wall paint.

  8. Heather Floyd

    November 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Such a fan of your work! I used Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk on a desk and mirror with dark wax (love the dark wax) and working on a coffee table in Provence and get to wax it tomorrow. Have you decided what brand of paint for your dining set as I will be helping a friend paint a table and chairs and had not heard of the Valspar until now and wanted to make sure that Annie Sloan is the best choice for the project.

    • Lindee Katdare

      November 25, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      I have done several projects since this post. I have used some Valspar, Benjamin Moore and lots of Annie Sloan. I am using the Annie Sloan for my dining room. (I have started on it and better finish it soon since Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Yikes!) The Valspar is great because it is inexpensive, easy to wash up, and you can create whatever color you want…however, after using the higher quality paints like Benjamin Moore and Annie Sloan, I feel more comfortable using the Valspar for small accent pieces and sticking to the higher quality stuff for my big projects.

      I would love to see some pictures of your projects! I love the Emperor’s Silk with the dark wax too.

  9. kosha

    January 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Ok…. Here I go! I am 100% new to recycling furniture! I just painted the upholstery on my head board and the upholstery on the bench as well. I am going for a somewhat modern look. What would you recommend to paint my bed frame? The frame is wood and outlines the upholstery on the head board. I used Martha Stewart’s fabric medium and Crafts Smart’s acrylic, dark grey paint for the upholstery. I would like to take my bedroom furniture to the next level! HELP!

    • Lindee Katdare

      January 20, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Kosha,

      Thanks for the post. I would love to see a picture to help give you better direction. I have used a variety of different paints for different projects since this blog was originally posted. I have done a lot with the Annie Sloan Chalk paints, but again, you are kind of limited with your color choices. However, that is one of the easiest paints to use.

      I have also done some things with Benjamin Moore paints. This brand is also high quality and the finish is very smooth. You can choose between a matte or high gloss finish in any color. Sometimes I like to mix the the modern with a classic finish. The only complaint I have about the Benjamin Moore is that it is an oil based paint. Cleaning the brushes is a real challenge (and a pain!) You also have to prime your project before painting.

      Hope this helps…. feel free to email some photos to thelindeetree@gmail.com

      Take care!
      Lindee

  10. Jessica

    January 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks so much Lindee for this great post. I would never have thought to use the Valspar without the plaster of paris. I am trying to paint over a 40year old crap vanity and am going to give the valspar sample I have on hand a try. I hope it works!

  11. Grace Smith

    February 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful information. Your projects are beautiful!
    I am starting new with painting and I have an old china hutch cabinet
    and would like to paint . I don’t want to distress it too much just a little here and there.
    Should I go with Valspar or Annie Sloan?

    • Lindee Katdare

      February 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Grace,
      Thank you for the compliment! I would 100% use the Annie Sloan paint. I have done numerous projects since this post and will reserve the Valspar for small projects or accent pieces. The Annie Sloan will give that rich paint “look” that you want and it so easy to work with and distress. Also, the Annie Sloan brand is the only chalkpaint you can go back and “touch up” if needed after it has been waxed.

      I don’t distress many of my pieces either. I think when you have too many distressed pieces of furniture, your house starts to look more shabby and less chic. I like the matte finish and bold colors of the Annie Sloan brand. I would love to see pictures of your finished project! I am working on an Annie Sloan piece right now! Good luck!

      • Grace Smith

        February 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

        Thank you for your input. You are an inspiration!
        And yes, I will definitely show you my finished project.
        Have a great day!

  12. William Northcutt

    February 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    we are sellers of van Gogh paints very similar to “AS,” we stock and sell different types of waxes that work well with this type of paint. Price point on the paint is about the same but price points on the waxes very depending on what you want to do. Also we sell an array of different brushes for paint and wax. Also we carry different product for distressing that up cycled piece. please check out tatteredgypsy.com

  13. Geri

    February 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Would you please email me the amount of plaster of Paris for a sample jar of the Valspar paint. And, just to clarify what finish Valspar did you use (flat, satin,etc,?). Thanks in advance!

    Appreciate the information on your projects,

  14. Jane

    March 25, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I too love BOTH these brands of paint.
    It is easier for me to get a quart of Valspar up town however.
    http://www.minnesotajunker.blogspot.com

  15. David

    March 30, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    All a Valspar samples are satin finish, this is why it didn’t give you a matte finish.

    • Lindee Katdare

      April 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Yes, thanks for the email. These two paints are very different and do create very different looks. The only reason I compared these two is because they both advertised needing little “prep” work.

  16. Ellen Sweet

    April 1, 2014 at 2:08 am

    I adore the look and feel of flat paint after it’s been waxed… It is so smooth & satiny !! Although I haven’t purchased the AS wax – I use the clear & tinted Briwax, which gives the exact same look & is cheaper. Distressing with flat paint works the same as AS, whether you use one or multiple colors of paint – just steel wool / sand areas.
    I’ve mixed my own chalk paint & am still undecided on it-although not having to prime has it’s definite benefits.

  17. Barbara

    April 4, 2014 at 7:00 am

    The bench you painted is a telephone table. Most homes had them in the 40’s through 60’s when there was one phone attached to a wall. The phone sat on the top and the phone book underneath.
    You can take a latex paint and add a 1:2 ratio of calcium carbonate powder to it and create a matte finish. It will make distressing easier. I agree that the cost of the boutique chalk paints is high and on some of the pieces I redo, not worth the expense.
    Enjoy your DIY projects; you are doing great.

  18. Chris

    April 7, 2014 at 1:35 am

    I can’t really speak on the comparison of the two, seeing as I only have used Annie Sloan products (I work for an Annie Sloan Stockist). However I have been painting (artistic and craft) for years and have worked with many different kinds of paint. What I did want to comment on was your ‘con’ of the limit of the Annie Sloan color choices. What you didn’t consider was the fact that Annie Sloan colors mix quite easily and you have an endless array of color options. Just today I created 4 mixes to fit a ‘Caribbean’ color palette, using different ASCP colors. Some paints don’t mix well and the pigments fail to blend. Given that ASCP is water-based, the pigments blend well and give you nice clear, defined colors. Perhaps find your local stockist and try getting a few different sample size jars to experiment with color mixing. 🙂

    • Lindee Katdare

      April 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Chris,

      Thanks for the email. I have done many projects since this post and I too am a lover of Annie Sloan. It is my favorite. No fumes, paints smooth, brilliant colors, durable, the only chalk paint you can touch up, brushes are easy to clean, etc. I am loyal.

      I have had an opportunity to mix paints too. Yes, you can come up with a wide array of colors and it is fun to create them. I really do not think Valspar can even compare. However, I will have to still say, being able to bring any type of color swatch to Lowe’s and have them match the paint exactly is a perk and something that cannot be done with the ASCP. That is the only reason I listed that as a con.

      -and thanks for the compliment on the telephone bench. It is still one of my favorites too!

  19. Chris

    April 7, 2014 at 1:39 am

    And by the way, I love the phone bench you did! Looks awesome!

  20. Chris Vela

    April 24, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Hey gang, after reading this I felt a need to chime in. I am a sales manager for Valspar and have been in the DIY industry for 20 years. There is a huge difference between our sample size of Signature paint sold at Lowe’s and “chalk paint”. Chalk paint is designed to be distressed easily but dries hard, hand rubbed beauty, and sticks to everything. Our Signature paint is a premium latex wall and trim paint. It is not designed to be distressed easily or hand rubbed with a wax. I understand your comparison but they are different products. You can use Signature as a chalk board paint which again is a little different than chalk paint. Anyway, thanks for the comments about our paint drying smooth and hiding and sticking well! I am trying to get our peeps to make a chalk paint!!!! I also suggest using a flat contractor grade paint like Valspar 2000 from Lowe’s to make chalk paint. It works much better than our premium paints. When using premium paints you may need to thin them a little.

    • Lindee Katdare

      May 6, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Chris,

      thanks for the email…I hope this post wasnt confusing. I know they are COMPLETELY different paints and was basically trying to share the differences in two paints that require little prep work. Here is another more recent blog about paints choices. http://34.192.0.255/annie-sloan-benjamin-moore-valspar/

      One more note, the ASCP does not have to be distressed. I actually rarely use it that way. This is post was done many projects ago. I have done lots of paint projects since this post. Please take a look at the website. Thanks for the comment!

    • Lindee Katdare

      May 6, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Chris–one more comment. I see many tips on making the chalk paint. I personally do not like that method. I like the Annie Sloan brand specifically because it is very durable and is the only “chalk paint” that you can touch up after the wax has been applied.

      I do like Valspar and have purchased many sample cans for numerous projects. I actually just used your paint for my TV segment today. Easy, inexpensive and LOTS of color choices.

  21. Wendy

    April 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Mix 1/3-cup of plaster of Paris and 1/3-cup of water with 1 cup of paint

  22. Wendy

    April 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Chalk-Finish Paint Recipe
    Mix your own chalk-finish paint using the following supplies:
    Valspar Signature flat latex paint
    Plastic paint buckets (#40008)
    Plaster of Paris (#41323)
    Stir sticks
    Plastic measuring cups (do not reuse for food)
    Water (cool, not warm)
    Paste wax (#45898)

    Mix 1/3 cup of plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of cool water; stir until completely smooth. Mix that with 1 cup of latex paint and stir thoroughly. This will make enough chalk-finish paint for one coat on a six-drawer dresser. Chalk-finish paint should not be stored and reused. If you have a smaller project, mix smaller amounts of plaster, paint, and water in the same proportions.

  23. Kim Kaberle

    May 3, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Have any of you. tried OLD TOWN PAINTS CHALK STYLE FINISH. They have 60 colors, 3 Antique Glazes, and Clear Soft Wax. OTPaints is less expensive, non toxic, and has very low order.. You can mix the paintt with the finishes for a different finish. Check them out http://www.oldtownpaints.com

    Kim’s Pickins
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    • Lindee Katdare

      May 6, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Kim,

      No, I will have to check it out. Thanks for the tip!

  24. Toni Dunn

    May 7, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Love valspar flat and satin. These paint companies need to start producing chalk paint!

  25. Yvette Hayes

    June 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Can I use valspar on veneer? I have a 1970’s dresser that needs help.

    • Lindee Katdare

      June 5, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Yvette,

      You can, but will definitely have to use a primer first. Ask a paint specialist at Lowe’s to help direct you to the right one.

  26. Tonya

    June 11, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I have seen these awesome Mason jars on Pintrest that are painted with chalk paint. I went to Home Depot to buy the ASCP and the colors were so limited I left with nothing. I was going to order online, but I see this discussion on Valspar paint. I am wondering if because this is a little project, I just do the Plaster of Paris and get some tints in the colors I want. Thoughts? Also, I was going to seal it with an acrylic spray paint with a matte finish and not the wax finish. I am using these for centerpieces for floral arrangements for wedding reception.

    • Lindee Katdare

      June 12, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Tonya,

      Here is a link to some vases I painted using Valspar. http://34.192.0.255/diy-bridal-shower-ideas/

      These are perfect if you are not using fresh flowers because you are painting the inside of the jar. You can get whatever color you want in the little valspar sample cans. You obviously do not have to add the gold dots. I have done several mason jars like this and they have turned out great! Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores has also introduced a chalk paint for crafts. I have not tried it yet, but saw that they had a quite a few colors. Let me know what you think of this idea or if you have any questions.

  27. Raina

    June 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I went to my local Lowe’s and the clerk told me they’ve never stocked the Super Flat but to try online. I go online, I can’t find it. What to do? I’m NOT chalking over $40+ for a can of paint.

    • Lindee Katdare

      June 18, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Raina,

      What is your project? Send me an email at thelindeeetree@gmail.com and I can give you some tips for your specific project.

  28. Donna

    June 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    How do you get black using Annie Sloan pain?

    • Lindee Katdare

      June 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Donna,
      I have not used the Annie Sloan when I want a true black. I used the graphite for my dining room and it looks just like graphite. Here is a link. http://34.192.0.255/dining-room-makeover/

      Not black. Are you wanting that Annie Sloan Chalk paint look? Or are you open to other paints?

    • Terina

      June 23, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Exactly, I am thinking about using American Homes. Has anyone used this brand and what do you think? I am doing a dresser and distressing. Also putting a poster on the front. I want black black and very cream light white. Not bright white not too yellow either.

  29. Jennifer

    June 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    This was a GREAT post! So helpful to those of us who don’t want to spend a fortune on paint and not like the outcome! Thanks a mil!

    • Lindee Katdare

      June 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks Jennifer!

  30. Stephanie

    June 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    What type of Valspar paint was this? I am hoping to paint a dresser and I want it to have the same sheen as an Ikea piece so I think the Annie Sloan will be too matte.
    Thank you,
    Stephanie

    • Lindee Katdare

      June 23, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      It is just a sample jar of the latex valspar paint. You can really buff a nice shine into the annie sloan paint if you have the patience. An electric buffer also helps. here is a link to another blog that you might find helpful. http://helloilivehere.com/tag/annie-sloan-paint/

  31. Mindy

    June 24, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I recently painted my dining room suite with Annie Sloan in graphite. I wanted more of a black finish and not the graphite. I did a little research and found that wax shoe polish is basically the same as the more expensive waxes. I put black shoe polish over my graphite and love the results. I believe it cost around $2 and I used a natural bristle paint brush to apply, then buffed it with a rag. This was my first project of this sort and was very easy.

    • Terina

      June 23, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks for the idea.

  32. MJ

    June 25, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I just finished a beautiful desk and chair using Valspar Reserve this is a wonderful paint goes on so smooth! I even revised some into chalk paint (homemade and put into mason jars) and made some candle sticks and painted a shelf and an end table and still have some left over! All very nice pieces and sold at show last week. I waxed all pieces

    Tell me why would you have to “touch up” an AS project?

    • Lindee Katdare

      June 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Wow! Sounds great..I would love to see pictures. I can share them with my FB audience. As with any furniture, you can get scratches from banging things into it, dropping stuff, etc. those things can require touch ups. Other then normal wear and tear, the ASCP doesn’t touched up. It’s an incredible, durable paint. I’ve done numerous projects with it.

  33. sally

    June 26, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I have a lot of beautiful rustico furniture that I would like to paint. My concern is some of the pieces do not have smooth surfaces (natural ridges,,nicks) which I love and want to keep. Because I have so many pieces now my furniture all blends together and looks drab. I have been thinking of using AS paint because of the flat finish and such little prep work do you recommend AS on non smooth surfaces. I have been wanting to do this for a very long time but have been too scared. Help!

    • Lindee Katdare

      June 26, 2014 at 7:20 am

      The ASCP is ideal for this type of furniture and will look great! It’s so easy to use too. Take one of your smaller pieces to try it out. A little goes a long way. Tell the stockist what you are painting. A sample jar might do the trick!

  34. Carrie Bebee

    July 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I would like to know if Annie Sloan chalk paint can be used on the awful kitchen cabinets in my kitchen? Our house was built in 1976. We purchased it about. Eight years ago. They are that awful press wood that is covered with some type of fake wood sheeting. I was told that was what was put in homes in the 70’s here in North Carolina. The company was Marsh furniture. I called a couple of companies to see about getting them refaced and my estimate was $10K. I about had a heart attack. These cabinets need to be re vamped!!!! Can you please advise me if Annie Sloan Chalk Paint will work? ThNk you so much

    • Lindee Katdare

      July 24, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Yes!! Annie Sloan Paint is ideal. Send me some pictures if you want. Update the hardware, paint the cabinets and you will be amazed!! ASCP is so easy to use!!

  35. Tara

    July 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Ok.. we have the “Rethunk Junk” lady selling her version and it to is pricey so while in Ace one day I asked the paint gal she showed me all her projects and told me they can mix the paint for me. $4 for 16oz SOLD!!! She knew exactly what kind of paint when I said the new “chalk paint”.

  36. Baysaa

    July 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Hi? I’m willing to paint my oak stairway banisters. I was thinking to use Annie sloan paint. But I’m confused:(
    What kind of paint should I use? Please help! By the way you inspired me:) thank you!

    • Lindee Katdare

      August 6, 2014 at 12:44 am

      Bayasaa,

      Sorry for the delayed response. I would definitely use the Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. It is so easy to use and very durable. Especially for your banister. Here is another link you might find helpful.

  37. Terry Valentine

    August 5, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Hi Lindee – I am also new to using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (and my one run-in with Valspar wasn’t pretty), but I was puzzled at a couple of your comments:

    First, I was surprised at how much you thought you had to invest initially. I did not “have” to buy the brushes when I purchased my paint and wax. I already had a natural bristle brush, albeit not a round one; but I was told that the AS brushes simply transfer more paint at a time. As for the wax, the rep told me I could simply use a lint-free cloth to wipe this on. And as I bought a sample can my initial investment has been only $12.

    Secondly, while there is limited range of colors, my understanding is that these can be blended, lightened or darkened to match almost any color you desire. I can’t vouch for this as I’ve tried just one color, but it seems that you should have been able to find the color you wanted in chalk paint. Overall it seems that the sales person (if you spoke to one at the store) did not know the product well enough or convinced you that you had to spend more than you really needed to.

    Have you had any further experience with ASCP since this project?

    • Lindee Katdare

      August 6, 2014 at 12:40 am

      Terry,

      Thanks for the comment. I have actually become a Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, pro now. That post was from my first go. I have several projects on this blog. Here is a link to one of my favorites.

    • Donna Ziegfeld

      September 1, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      I want to paint my large table, and hutch. I think it is pine, dark. I want to try ASCP. How much do you think I need to do the project and what color do you think would look good. Did you say I don’t have to sand first and what other, cheaper wax, can I use.

      Thanks,
      Donna Ziegfeld

      • Lindee Katdare

        September 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        Donna,
        A little goes a looooong way. I have not seen pictures, but I was able to paint my dining room, hutch and chairs with one can. If you want to send me some photos I can help you more. Also, send some of other projects you like and I can help you determine your color.

    • Terina

      June 23, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      But who wants to buy who knows how many colors, to achieve the color they are wanting at $35 a can. They should offer the basic colors (such as a true black) and a guide to make other colors. The guide should tell you what colors to get to make this color and so on.

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  39. Krystal

    August 27, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I’m sure someone commented this already, but they make an additive meant to transform regular paint into chalk paint. It’s called websters chalk paint powder. I’ve used it once. It’s awesome! It mixes right in with valapars samples or any other paint!

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  45. Beth

    September 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Im new to painting furniture. I have solid wood dining room chairs. The chairs are painted black from the factory and after raising 6 kids they are beat up! They have paint splaters, nicks, bumps and bruises! My concern is the “matte” finish that everyone seems to rave about. I hate the feel or look of matte (reminds me of how an actual chalk board feels). Could you decribe “matte” to me? Also, the Vaspar paint…why add the plaster of Paris? Does the plaster of Paris get added in order to distrss the item being painted? I do not want a distressed look. Lastly, if I go with Annie Sloan paint will one can coat them all….there are 8 and have a longer seat than the average chair. ANYTHING u can tell me would help me. I do have 2 bedside tables i will paint first to see how I do. Please feel free to email me bfitt@comcast.net and maybe i can send you pictures. This is also my very first time posting on a blog!! THANK YOU.

    • Lindee Katdare

      September 8, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Beth,

      The plaster of paris suggestion was from other readers. They were saying you can add the plaster of paris to the valspar to make a chalk paint. I have personally never done that. I have used the Valspar alone. I think it works best for accent pieces, probably not for a dining room table. I also am pretty loyal to using the Annie Sloan for chalk paint. It is a great paint and some things are worth the money.

      With the Annie Sloan, you do not have to have a “matte” finish. You can buff a nice shine to it. The chalk paint by Annie Sloan is very smooth and durable and what I used on my dining room. http://34.192.0.255/dining-room-makeover/ I think you can do one sturdy coat and then do another touch up coat.I have also learned that using a paint roller gives a nice even coat, vs using a brush. Although, I do think some paint gets wasted that way. Feel free to send some pictures and thanks for the post!

      • Alice

        June 1, 2015 at 12:15 pm

        I just painted my living room/dining room area Valspar blushing lilac and bubble bath with white trim. Now I want to refinish my mismatched set of 8 chairs and dining table. I’m thinking of painting them all white to bring them together our maybe using some fun colors on the seats and/or table top. My question is which option would be the quickest/easiest/most durable? With three little kids durability is the biggest issue closely followed by time. Im rely new to all this so any comments, thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  46. Brenda Meador

    September 8, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Hi Lindee, I was reading your post and didn’t know if you would find this interesting or not but I wanted to share it with you. I painted a small dresser type table for my niece who is expecting in October. She is using the top for a changing table , it a very cute piece. Anyway awhile back I ran across “Chalk paint ” on pinterest and it really caught my attention because all of this redone furniture looked so smooth. However I didn’t really know who Annie Sloan was until I started researching “Chalk Paint” for this dresser I wanted to redo. The first directions I ran across called for 1 1/2 can of
    paint, 1/2 cup Plaster of Paris ( In which this time around I accidentally bought the industrial in the red box I Lowe’s didn’t know there was a difference) 1/2 cup of warm water . This recipe was a nightmare! I don’t believe the directions on quantity were right regardless of the wrong Plaster of Paris. I did however run across a lady on you tube who used one of those sample containers of Valspar and Plaster of Paris ( Blue Box for Hobby and craft at Joann’s Fabrics) Got it right this time around. So the mix for this is 2 1/2 tsp of Plaster of Paris and 1 tsp of water, I found however that about 2 tsp gave it the consistancy in the video ( pancake batter consistency)
    After you mix the plaster with the warm water you then add it to the Valspar paint. So it seemed to coat well on the front of the dresser I had some tiny brush marks but some major ones on top? It is “Matte” looking except it seems shiny in some places, I think it might be because maybe I needed a “Flat paint” instead of “Satin” which seems to be what Valspar carries in the sample. I picked mine up off the shelf, I did not have it mixed. I think I might try this again but use “Flat” paint and see if I see a difference. Your post was very helpful! and I love your bench! 🙂

  47. Pamela Jo Adams

    September 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Lindee, I’m wanting to paint my bedroom furniture a rich espresso dark brown color. Have you tried to create this color with any of your projects? Thanks and I love your info!

    • Lindee Katdare

      September 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      I have a project I am sharing on the show this Tuesday. It is that dark, espresso brown, but I used a stain. Would you be interested in trying a stain instead of paint? It was super easy.

  48. Bonnie

    September 22, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Love your bench! I’ve been dying to try ASCP Emporer’s Silk. I’ve used Valspar and I’ve used ASCP. For a furniture re-do, nothing beat the ASCP. Nothing else gives the vintage finish (that I love) like Annie Sloan products do, and it is so forgiving and easy to work with. I use the Vapsar mini pots for a lot of crafting projects. They most certainly have their uses. Love them, too!

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  50. Kristi M.

    October 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    We’re working on a desk project. I don’t want to sand it or seal/prime it. I want to find something easy and inexpensive to do with my 14 year old. We don’t want to spend a fortune either. She wants a finished pure white look (like a pottery barn desk). any thoughts? you can email me too kristimarq@gmail.com

  51. Maria

    October 24, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Wow! Thank you for this simple yet very effective review. I’m preparing to take on my very first-ever paint project, so easy is a must! I heard about chalk paint, found a store that carries it in the area (I think there are only 2) and saw that the color online that I was considering was quite different in person. So, thanks so much for pointing me in the direction of another option.

  52. Gina

    October 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I am just curious…when using the Valspar with or without the plaster of paris, does it tend to chip or come off with use when put over stain. I would like to try this, but don’t want to have to redo it again in a year or so. thanks!

  53. Gayle

    December 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I just came across this today when researching chalk paint. I’ve never heard of Annie Sloan paint, but after reading this, I had my husband stop by and get everything I need to paint an armoire in our bedroom. I’m so excited to try it!! Thank you!!

    • Lindee Katdare

      December 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      That is great Gayle! I am sure your project will turn out great. Please share some pictures.

  54. Cindy Neely

    December 14, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Hi Lindee! Just found this blog…first off, let me say Welcome! to Roanoke, neighbor! Isn’t Black Dog Salvage an awesome place? I’ve never used Chalk Paint, only heard of it last year but I am a diehard Valspar fan. We started using it 5 years ago when we remodeled our home before moving in. I’ve used different brand name paints before over the years but they were a waste of money compared to Valspar. Love the blog, thank you for the comparison and the info!

    Cindy

    • Lindee Katdare

      December 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

      You are welcome Cindy! Sorry for the delayed response…
      I love Roanoke, love Black Dog Salvage and am happy to be here!

  55. Carolyn

    January 7, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I started refinishing a dresser the traditional way, I sanded it and put two coats of primer. Before I applied the paint, a friend mentioned I may want to check on the Annie Sloan chalkpaint. Can I use that over two coats of primer?? Thank you!

    • Lindee Katdare

      January 7, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Carolyn,

      I can’t think of any reason why you could not? Just make sure you seal the paint with the Annie Sloan wax when you are done.

  56. Deb

    January 13, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Your bench seat turned out beautifully. I’m trying to decide if my bathroom vanity rehab project is worth the investment in the annie sloan products. Your bench seat makes the product look pretty enticing.

  57. RaleighDIYGirl

    February 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I love Valspar samples for furniture. They’re a satin sheen, which I prefer over semi-gloss. I prime with Cover Stain, then paint. Done! Never worked with Annie Sloan yet, though.

  58. Steve

    March 5, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    What can I paint and old mirror frame with to keep plaster for chipping off?

    • Lindee Katdare

      March 14, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Hmmm? Not sure… is the plaster chipping already? I have used Annie Sloan decorative Chalk Paint, spray paint, stains, etc. It depends on what look you are going for.

      ….and I apologize for the delayed response!

  59. Angela Hardin

    March 12, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    I have just started using ASCP and also purchased her paint brush along with the waxes…I love the paint and especially the waxes. My question is I want a more complete coverage without seeing brush stokes everywhere…I have read if you use a regular paint brush ie Purdy Chip brush or roller you will get that finish…is this true or do you have a better suggestion for a smooth complete coverage of Annie Sloan paint….if I can get that down I will be extremely happy because the waxing and distressing some with the dark wax is easy….I use soft t- shirt material but is the wax brush worth the purchase or can you buy another brand of wax brush that would do? I been practicing on smaller piece of furniture but have purchased two large pieces that I don’t want to start on until I am sure about how to obtain that complete coverage….thanks for all your posts…read all the posts and will continue to read and connect with you on Facebook or Pinterest to see what is new!

    • Lindee Katdare

      March 14, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Sorry for the delayed response. I always use a roller and a brush and don’t have issues with brush strokes. One thing that might be helpful, purchase a high quality brush with soft bristles. The ASCP is easy to clean out of the brushes. You can use it over and over. Thanks for reading!

  60. cari

    March 21, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that while valspar works fine for homemade chalk paint if you use it right away, it has a weird chemical reaction with plaster of Paris and hardens at the bottom quite quickly. However, Olympic one doesn’t have that issue; it can be mixed and stored for weeks with zero issues, just needs a stir. Also, yep, valspar just released a chalk paint, it works fantastic! I work at Lowe’s, in the paint department, so I get to play with this stuff all the time. He he.

    • Lindee Katdare

      March 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks Cari! I am anxious to try Valspar’s Chalk paint.

    • Inger

      May 28, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Cari,
      What I like about the Old Town chalk paint brand is that it’s nontoxic. No fumes. Is Lowe’s brand of chalk paint nontoxic as well?

  61. Sharon

    March 31, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Love your posts! Can the Annie Sloan paint be used over a dining room table and chairs that already have a chalk paint and wax finish? I want to change the color and am not sure what exactly was used originally. Thank you for any input

  62. Diane Geddings

    April 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    You can buy 4 ounce sample pots of Annie Sloan chalk paint for $12.95 and for a lot of projects this may be all you need. Also, if you want a more customized color, ask the stockist for advise on mixing colors.

    Hee is a blog post that I read recently:

    http://naturalmommie.com/2013/12/wax-vs-polyurethane-over-chalk-painted-furniture-does-it-really-hold-up-my-dining-chairs-1-2-years-later/

  63. Megan

    April 7, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    The bench you have is an awesome piece it’s, a telephone bench, the little desk top is where the phone goes… I would give anything to find one around here!

  64. Lisa Dowland

    April 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I’ve collected a fair amount of small pieces I’d like to upcycle. My only dilemma is whether to go with AS or another chalk paint/wax finish. Is it true that Annie Sloan’s chalk paint is fume free? Our weather is crazy here and it’s wirth the $ if I can work inside my home.

  65. Jen

    May 13, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Have you used the Valspar Chalk Paint yet? Just curious to see what you think?

  66. Kelly J

    May 20, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Need to paint my 9ft kitchen table. Raw oak. I want to distress it as well. Since I have kids… Which paint would be best and what shoukd I deal the top with since it will be used everyday with messes… Spills… Kid Projects etc?!!

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  67. Sharon

    May 29, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Hi Lindee, what a great, educational post. I am a newbie at painting furniture. I have a dark wood small nightstand, headboard and footboard that I want to paint white. I am wondering if the Valspar or the AS would be better. I’m looking for a coastal decor look, not distressed at all. A bit of shine would be welcome, but with a lot of slats on the headboard and footboard, I’m wondering about the labor-intensiveness of the AS waxing approach. Do you think Valspar would do the trick, especially if applied a couple of coats of furniture wax on the top of the nightstand to protect it?

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  69. Don

    June 19, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Have you used either the Valspar or ASCP on kitchen cabinets? For this type of project, would you use ASCP wax or polyurethene waterbased varnish? Is the paint durable especially around the stove, sink areas?

  70. Idrees

    June 28, 2015 at 5:48 am

    I want to do chalk paint on my kitchen cabinets in black color can you please suggest me which brand is better Valspar’s Chalk paint or Annie Chalk paint and Lowes salesmen said he not suggesting chalk paint on Kitchen cabinets because its really hard to clean, but I saw lot a video on youtube that they using chalk paint on Kitchen cabinets. I am realy new to all this so any comments, thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  71. Janelle

    July 31, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I’m getting into chalk paint as well and I agree with you, Annie Sloan chalk paint is pretty expensive. I believe with the competition getting stronger, their paint may very well come down. I am also making some of my own with a fair amount of success. I just bought some chalk paint at Hobby Lobby and the price was a lot cheaper ($5.95) than the test jar of Annie Sloan’s I bought for $16.50 and the amount was twice that of AS’s. Both of your project however are beautiful! Job well done… 🙂 Janelle

  72. Lori Layne

    August 24, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I am wanting to paint my dining room table and 6 chairs with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. I love the Milk Paint color “Tuscan Red”, do you know which Annie Sloan color would be similar to that and I’ve never used the chalk paint; wondering about how much I might need to cover those items. I am not painting the top of the rectangle table or the seats of the chairs; going to stain those. Thanks in advance for any suggestions or help! Wish me luck…… 😉

  73. Maria Ryan

    September 16, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I went on to Google to find out the difference between Annie Sloan and Valspar. These days is all about saving a buck. After reading the comments above I am sticking with Annie Sloan. As it was mentioned in the previous comments I worry about the chemicals in my food. I am blessed because I can grow my vegetables and fruits. Though it may seem like a ‘lil expensive Annie Sloan gets my approval and will be purchasing her paint.
    Thank you for the help I received here.

  74. Bonnie

    October 21, 2015 at 5:06 am

    I want to paint an old dresser and small table for a spare bedroom, I have never done anything like this and am scared to death! Any suggestions on Annie Sloan paints. This Valsimar paint sounds great for the price but I want the easiest way through the project! Please advice ASAP. Bonnie

  75. Amy Carter

    November 7, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Hi. I live in the Moneta area, actually closer to Bedfordon a road off of Joppa Mill Rd. I went to the Bedford Lowes looking for the sample paint of the Valspar and the man in the paint dept looked at me like I had three heads! I know of Blackdog Salvage but just cannot afford paint at that price for two nighstands so I thought the other alternative was perfect – till I got to the store haha. Can you tell me which store you went to, as in location, so I can have a better chance of finding what I need? This fellow said they didn’t even have the samples like what I was referring to. Your help would be so very much appreciated.

  76. Lona

    January 20, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I have checked these paints out and I have heard with Anne Sloan you do not have to primer, sand and you can paint over high gloss finishes with Anne Sloan. I went to our Hardware Hank store the other day and seen they had Valspar Chalk paint. So I asked Angie the owner, if you need to prime or sand the item if it had high gloss paint on it and she said I would definitely lightly sand. She had some items she painted with the valspar chalk paint sitting there. One was painted with chalk paint and the other was painted with chalk paint and then waxed. The one with just chalk was very bright and the one painted with chalk and then put the wax on was not as bright, but that is the one I fell in live with. But just hate sanding. I didn’t check out the cost though. So anyways does anyone know if you need primer with valspar on high gloss? Thanks so much for this article. I am sure I will have to go with valspar since funds are very tight. Doing this to sell my beautiful old treasures. Any help sure would appreciate. Thanks so much.

    • Lindee Katdare

      July 23, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Lona,
      Sorry for the delayed response. This message was in my spam folder. If the piece is smooth, you can wipe it clean, prime it and then paint it. If there are any rough edges, you can sand them.

  77. Jason

    April 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Great feedback. I have never used AS, but have always wondered about it. I have completed several projects and each time I have used regular flat paint of various brands and I have even used semi-gloss with good results. I always add Plaster of Paris and I never measure it anymore, I just eye it, however, I don’t recommend that in the beginning, because if you add to much, then it will flake off. I have used Johnson’s clear wax with really great results. The Johnson’s will create a super smooth finish and sheen, but isnt as easy to apply as soft wax. I have even created dark wax from adding stain to Johnson’s and heating. Recently I finished a very large Armoire using flat paint from Benjamin Moore and using Valspar clear and dark waxes – turned out beautiful. However, the dark wax will completely change the paint color, so be prepared. I loved the change and the Valspar wax is very easy to apply and clean up.

  78. tammy

    September 12, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I purchased the Valspar furniture paint. The reason I decided to go with that instead of the sloan chalk was that the finish is much more durable and doesn’t chip and scratch like the chalk. Since this was my kitchen cabinets and would need the clean option and I also didn’t want the knob areas to scratch like others I have done, the furniture paint was a better choice. The only thing I don’t like is the fact that the front of the can says “no brush marks”. NOT TRUE. No matter how many ways I do it, thin, thick, brush types, etc, still brush marks. So I guess the price was or wasn’t a smart choice. I will be doing a glaze finish over them so maybe it will be ok. Just FYI.

  79. Tami

    October 9, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Lindee, help!!!!!! I tried the valspar chalk paint and sealing wax (1st timer). Loved the paint, wax not so much, but I didn’t know to use the brush, I was using a rag (I’m a briWax user). Using the rag and buffing was taking off the paint. So I used TSP and repainted the table top and rewaxed it with the sealing wax. I then applied Briwax over it, to try and make it look better. The table set was looking really bad. After 16 hours I gave up and tried again in the morning. I watched a video on the valspar wax and to use the brush. Soooooooo, I applied the valspar sealing wax over the BriWax. Everything looks awesome. Now I’m wondering if the valspar wax will dry. Is it compatible to use with the BriWax? I’m afraid im going to end up with a HOT MESS. Thanks a bunch, Tami

  80. Nancy

    November 30, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Hi, I re-did my dining room table, chairs and hutch using both products. I did the table and chairs using AS old white, applied the clear wax, distressed it with 220 sand paper. I then applied the dark wax to give it a warm antique look. I used the Valspar Linen white chalk paint for the hutch because I found the cost to be much less than AS. I did the same process and it came out beautiful. I think both work equally well. I don’t know how to post a picture of the finish pieces.

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